Osamu Tezuka’s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight-volume epic of Siddhartha’s life and times. Tezuka evidences his profound grasp of the subject by contextualizing the Buddha’s ideas; the emphasis is on movement, action, emotion, and conflict as the prince Siddhartha runs away from home, travels across India, and questions Hindu practices such as ascetic self-mutilation and caste oppression. Rather than recommend resignation and impassivity, Tezuka’s Buddha predicates enlightenment upon recognizing the interconnectedness of life, having compassion for the suffering, and ordering one’s life sensibly. Philosophical segments are threaded into interpersonal situations with ground-breaking visual dynamism by an artist who makes sure never to lose his readers’ attention.

Tezuka himself was a humanist rather than a Buddhist, and his magnum opus is not an attempt at propaganda. Hermann Hesse’s novel or Bertolucci’s film is comparable in this regard; in fact, Tezuka’s approach is slightly irreverent in that it incorporates something that Western commentators often eschew, namely, humor.

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God Prison: Chapter 1

Enter a fantastic world inspired by Thailand! Innocence and courage unite as Princess Ubon and Prince Somsak must battle an ancient evil emerging from the murk of memory!

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Spring in the tropics, a first taste of summer’s wet carrying with it guarantee of rain and moist dampness to come, transforming winter’s dry warmth into a moist sauna; one just to be broken by roaring tempests. For the time being, be that as it may, those presently couldn’t seem to eventuate, and evening rather offered an appreciated rest for the occupants of Panama City.

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Vol. 1 English Version

“A long time ago–there was a valiant swordsman who came to be known simply as ‘the hero’. The people had been suffering at the hands of an evil demon. upon arriving, the hero challenged the demon to a battle…the hero and his companions combined their powers and brought the battle to a swift conclusion. The demon had been defeated! Thanks to them, the despicable monsters who were once controlled by the demon were freed from the demon’s evil volitions. With no one around to cause trouble, the island became a quiet place where everyone could live together in peace.”